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Tea picking experience & tea plantation walking/cycling (Seasonal tour)

Seiko T.

4.97
(73) reviews
Kyoto
English, Japanese (Native)
7 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 7 people

We will visit Wazuka, the largest Uji tea production area located near the border of Kyoto and Nara prefectures.

In this tour, we will enjoy the breathtaking scenery by walking/cycling this beautiful village registered as the first of the Scenic Property of Kyoto Prefecture.

You'll have an option of visiting Uji (home of Uji tea) or Nara (deer park & Giant Buddha) on the way back.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your hotel or selected JR station

Tea plantation walking/cycling in Wazuka village

Tea picking experience (seasonal)

Tea sweets, food, crafts etc. shopping

Option: Uji - Home of Uji tea and Byodoin temple (UNESCO world-heritage)

Option: Nara (deer park and Todaiji, Great Buddha)

Ending Point

At your hotel(subject to hotel dropoff fee) or selected JR station

What to Expect

Tea picking is normally done by machine these days but still done by hand for special teas such as Gyokuro and for events such as contests and tourist activities.

I will work with the village to make a special arrangement for your experience.

You can also enjoy the unique and spectacular view of tea plantations while walking or cycling in the village and stop by some tea specialty shops to enjoy special tea sweets, soba noodles, etc.

Tea dumpling making, fresh herbs making, use of tea terrace summit cabin with a special tea set is also possible to arrange upon request.

You'll have an option of visiting Uji (home of Uji tea) or Nara (deer park & Giant Buddha) on the way back.

Great full-day excursion for those who get "Templed Out" in Kyoto!

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in the central Osaka and Kyoto area

What‘s not included

- Transportation fee to the site from your hotel and lunch (both you and guide)

eg. Train & bus fare is about 3000 yen/round-trip/person from Kyoto or Osaka

* You can choose to rent a car for your group (6000-10000 yen + highway toll & gas per day)

- 2000-3000 yen per person for tea picking experience fee

- 1000 yen per person if you'd like to rent a bike

- Uji or Nara visit

- Hotel drop-off

Important Information

*Please contact me first for availability and note below before booking: 1. My schedule on Triplelights site is open for the next 3 month only. 2. Please read through my profile including "Important Notes" at the end before booking. ***Excursions *** I can guide you in Okayama (including Naoshima and Kurashiki), Hiroshima (Onomichi, Shimanami islands cycling, Miyajima, etc.) and Shikoku (Iya valley etc.) if you pay for my transportation. The above areas can be visited from Osaka/Kyoto in one or two days.

Tea picking is available only on certain dates in May, June, September, and October.

1. Please join the tour with comfortable clothes and shoes on.

2. Travel insurance is required if you would like to rent a bike or car.

3. Special arrangements:

- Tea picking experience is only available on certain dates in May, June, September, and October.

- If you wish to stay over at an old house in the village. I can make an arrangement. The accommodation is for private use and cost varies depending on the number of people staying.

- Tea dumpling making, fresh herbs making, use of tea terrace summit cabin with a special tea set is also possible to arrange upon advanced request.

4. Uji or Nara visit is optional and subject to extra hour fee.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do we walk or cycle? Is it hard for children?

We walk about 1-1.5 hours including photo shooting and break time, and the course is paved and easy to walk but have some ups and downs. For cycling, the tour time is the same but we can go further to see more than tea terrace. There is no bike to hire for children.

Can we book this tour in other months than specified for tea-picking experience?

Yes, you can but the tea trees are dried in summer so look different from the posted pictures. Tour hours may be shorter or you can enjoy walking/cycling longer.

Reviews

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Don ri Y.

Dec 18, 2019

Fantastic sessions for our tour to Osaka and Kyoto

We have engaged Seiko san for 2 days tour to Osaka and Kyoto. We have had an enjoyable trip where Seiko san was a fantastic guide. She is so knowledgeable and cater to our needs and requirement. She knows all the in and out of Osaka and Kyoto and meetings all our needs in food, tour requirement and timing. One word to summarise - Outstanding!

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Renee frances P.

Nov 6, 2019

Uber-satisfied family of 4

We love how attentive and accommodating Seiko is. My children adore her for being funny and friendly. Also, she knows her way around. Worth your every penny. We will definitely book her again.

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Lorna D.

Oct 31, 2019

Full day Kyoto with fantastic guide

Seiko is an excellent knowledgeable guide with great English skills and attentive, intuitive sense of what we were interested in and spent more time guiding and explaining the historical and cultural significance of them. We had an optional day planned for Nara but learned from her about the islands in the Seto Inland Sea. She noted that we enjoyed the arts and suggested it as another option. A bonus from a professional that really knows the country!

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Christopher L.

Oct 19, 2019

history, hidden gems, and laughs!

My sister, niece and I spent three amazing days with Seiko. We had so much fun, we wanted to have more days! She is so full of knowledge about Japanese culture, food, history, and art. She navigated us swiftly and effortless around Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka, and showed us many hidden jewels we would have missed if we had been on our own. She is also super sweet, a great conversationalist, and a lot of fun. After Day 1, she already felt like a old family friend. We hope to see her again!!

Seiko T.

Thanks Chris, you guys were amazing! I had such a great time in the 3-day tour especially showing different kinds of sake and some of my favorite dishes to the gourmet family:) 3 days were not enough for me to accommodate your kind of people, so please come back and let me show you more! Thanks again! Seiko

$240/ per group

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